Tell me about some of your favorite things.
Soccer, politics. I like astronomy. I like reading. It’s really awesome.
What kinds of books do you like to read?
Biographies, mainly. Actually, that’s pretty much all I read.
Whose biographies have you enjoyed most?
Abraham Lincoln’s life was really interesting – how he grew up on a farm, taught himself, and only had a year’s worth of school, and then became president. He didn’t even have a full year of school. Just a little bit over the years, which added up to about a year.
So, you’ve gotten a lot more schooling than he has. Do you think it’s preparing you to be president one day?
Depends on what the electoral college wants. Or actually WHO the electoral college wants. Fun fact: did you know that James Monroe won every single electoral vote but one? The guy who didn’t vote for him said he wanted George Washington to be the only one who won every single electoral vote.
So, that guy wasn’t necessarily opposed to James Monroe winning?
No, he just didn’t want Monroe to win the way that Washington did.
So, what are your life plans right now?
Um… when I’m about 18 or maybe 17… approximately 18, I want to go to Germany and play for Borussia Dortmund. But I don’t want to be that far away from home, so I might just find a local professional team to play there. (For those who don’t know, he’s talking about soccer.) I’ll take a couple of years off, if my career succeeds. And then I plan to enter politics when I’m approximately 36 or 37. I might run for mayor, governor, and then President. I’ll get experience running a city, then a state, then a country. And then after my political career is over, I’ll be an inventor and scientist.
That’s a pretty big plan.
Yes, it is. (This kid. He’s a gem. And he could pull off something this big, I’m sure.)
Your idea of playing for the German soccer team is the reason you began learning German, right?
It wasn’t the original reason. I just liked the language, and then I wanted to go to Germany, so it worked out. (He’s gone through the entire DuoLingo German program more than once. I knew he had been working through the app, but I didn’t know how well it was working until he read instructions for some toy or something in German one day. I was floored. He often talks to himself or us – though we don’t understand much – in German. He’s such an interesting kid!)
What fun soccer event happened this summer?
Soccer camp. That was good. (Not the one I was thinking of, but it was a fun, free three days!)
Oh! And also the World Cup! (That’s the one I was going for.) I was cheering for Croatia, because Croatia is a tiny country. If only they had won…
So, in your big, life plan, do you plan to have a family?
Somewhere in there.
What about kids? How many do you think you might like to have?
However many I get.
So, you’ll be a sixth grader this year. What subject are you most looking forward to?
Either science or history.
What’s your least favorite subject?
Anything that has to do with English.
But to be a governmental leader, you’ll need to know how to read, write, and speak well.
I know, I’m just not looking forward to writing mostly.
What are you currently saving your money for?
A Christian Pulisic jersey. (This is his favorite player currently. We went to find a fun video of him playing, and Anson did commentary through the whole thing, so maybe he can add soccer commentator to his list of life goals. He’s definitely got the enthusiasm to nail the quintessential “GOOOAAALLL!” 😂)
What are your favorite foods?
I like egg wraps with tater tots. (This list is oddly short. He happily chose meals to cover almost three days of his birthday week: baked oatmeal, Caesar salad, fettuccine Alfredo, waffles and Nutella, homemade pizza, hotdogs and smiley face potatoes, black bean cupcakes …)
What are your favorite worship songs?
Rejoice, To the Cross (He can often be heard doing his chores or playing somewhere and singing worship songs.)
At this point Madeline and Simeon have begun wrestling in the background. They appeal to Anson to help them, but Anson claims to be Switzerland.
I ask Anson if we have neglected to cover anything important to him these days. He thinks a bit, and then mentions a biography about Albert Einstein and begins to rehearse Einstein’s theory of relativity, “e=mc² . Energy equals mass times the speed of light squared.”
He doesn’t want to cover any of the specific spiritual growth he’s had this year. “Most of it is personal,” he says. I will say that, along with his dad, he sets the speed for quick turning and confessing of sin in our family.
So, I guess with that, we’re done. He’s a well-rounded, godly, smart kid. We’re excited to see where the Lord leads him as he continues to grow!